License activation for Windows server 2008 R2 core without a KMS server

Posted on 2014-08-26
Last Modified: 2014-08-29
Hi, I have deployed 4 server core 2008 servers but I am having trouble getting them licensed.
We use volume licensing and do not have a KMS server. I know that the product key is good. I use coreconfig to add the license and activate it. When I install the license I get a prompt saying it worked. Then when I chose web activation I get an error:
Activating Windows Server(R), ServerStandardCore edition (6a4bd364-4b60-4856-a727-efb59d94348e) ... On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0x80072EE2' to display the error text. Error: 0x80072EE2  
But when I Google this it describes how to install server core using KMS but I do not have a KMS server so I'm stuck on what to do. Any help appreciated.
Question by:Jason Thomas
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    by:Shaik M. Sajid
    call microsoft licensing support .. and follow the instructions all the best..
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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    run the commands as an administrator!
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    by:Mark Galvin

    If you do not have a KMS server why arent you using the MAK key??
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    by:Jason Thomas
    Many thanks

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